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Flying Solo!
Published on Tuesday, June 8, 2010 by

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I’m back!  Did you miss me, because I sure missed you!  No internet this weekend – the beach house totally unplugged.  I cheated a little bit tweeting from my phone, but other than that it was complete (and much needed) downtime.

What a different beach house weekend, too.  My daughter had her first friend there, my middle son didn’t come and my mother was on her way to Europe!  I was flying solo to the beach house for the first time.  That meant all the meals, all the work, and no buddy to hang out with at night!

The strangest part was feeling the separation between my mother, my daughter and I.  Mom was far, far away while my daughter was busy the entire weekend with her friend.  It is the first time in 16 years I have actually read a book on the beach.  The water was too cold for swimming so the girls played in a tidal pool at my feet.

I will never forget being 8 months pregnant on a beach trip with my mother.  I was watching all the mommies following their young ones around.  I turned to my mother and jokingly said, “This will be the last time I read on the beach for a long time!”  And here it is, 16 years later, book in hand for the first time.

I spoke the truth that day, long long ago.  But to be honest, I would have traded that book for the chasing, the holding hands and the constant eye on the kids in the water.  Books can wait a few more years.

Although the water was really cold, my oldest caught a few waves with his fins and body board. What little waves there were!

body boarding

Outer Banks bodyboarding

And the best part?  Our doe had another set of twins who are no bigger than two feet tall.  They are covered in spots and prance behind mama like playful little puppies.  Simply magical.

Baby Deer in Corolla, NC from shootmenowblog on Vimeo.

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  • Awww, what a bittersweet time.
    And you have a doe? Or are you just claiming it as your own? Wait, you can’t have a real pet deer, can you? Or can you?

    • Go to Youtube and type in dog plays soccer with deer… SOMEONE has a pet deer! It is a really sweet video. We always call the animals behind Mom’s house ours – you can’t help it when you see them born and grow up. There is a doe that had twins last year. I saw her during Easter time with those babies, who are now “grown.” So actually this could be one of the babies but there is no way to tell. I didn’t know deer had twins, but this is her second year in a row with them. Then there is Lucky who is the fox with no tail and three legs – he has been there for about three years. We finally saw the buck this weekend too. I haven’t seen him in two years, but I knew he was somewhere! Oh and far in the middle of that section is a sanddune that has a fox hole in it. Just as the sun is almost set we see Mama come out with her baby foxes. They play like puppies – it is SO CUTE!

  • You read a book. On the beach. I am SO jealous.

    Glad you had a great time!

    • Nicky, I need a friend… you can come any time! 😉

  • That does sound very peaceful but also very lonely. Guess you will get lots of books read. Hope you have some good ones. What fun to have a doe with twin babies. Deers are so cute when they run around playing.
    Well have a good beach time. Enjoy the peacefulness.

    • @Marg, We love watching the deer. The only downside is the tick problem. We never had ticks there, but now you can’t walk on ANY sand/brush areas behind the house for fear of ticks. I have too many close friends/family with Lyme disease – not worth the risk!

  • What a beautiful beach! I need a beach vacation. It sounds like everyone had a great time.

    • @Anne, I am so blessed that my folks built the house way back when. It was before there were tons of rental houses and stores – so beautiful. Now there are renters everywhere, a Harris Teeter, Food Lion etc. Lots of light pollution. But we are still blessed to have an escape. Of course now there are McMansions all around us. Most have pools and hot tubs, and many have screening rooms and elevators. Not us – we are simply a family beach house, sand allowed and stair climbing required!

  • Oh, so beautiful! I envy you 🙂 One day I’ll escape from my kids and lay on the beach reading or sleeping…

    What a lovely get away! So sweet that you missed your kids.

    • @Momma Drama, Two were with me, but were otherwise occupied. Normally I am the playmate of my nine year old daughter. We do everything together there. So having her play with a friend all weekend was strange!

  • I am so jealous of the beach, the book reading, all of it.

    And those little babies are the cutest. They ARE like puppies.

    • @joann mannix, It’s funny – the prance and jump behind mama when they are “allowed” to play. She often takes one out at a time, leaving the other safely in the bushes. It is so fun to watch them grow!

  • Sounds like an awesome time Katherine. I haven’t read a book on the beach in years and I have quite a few more to go.

    Thank goodness for the bathroom! (-:

  • Thanks for the major laugh out loud!!! Yes, those bathrooms are good stuff!

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